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Using Big Data to solve Lagos’ Traffic Problems

Using Big Data to solve Lagos’ Traffic Problems

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Lagos State is the busiest activity hub in Nigeria. Located in the South-west region, Lagos can easily be said to be the most advanced area in Nigeria in terms of overall development, technological advancement, infrastructural growth and as well, revenue generation. The land, surrounded by water, has experienced an influx in the number of citizens residing there over the years. This has led to the increase in population density and the problems that arise with it, one of those being traffic jams. Government and individuals have devised ways over the years to combat this issue of traffic. Some work, others just relieve the problem for a while till it doesn't work anymore. Currently, big data (i.e large amounts of digitized data) is seen as a way through which the Lagos traffic pro...
Google’s AI lab launches in Ghana

Google’s AI lab launches in Ghana

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For the first time in Africa, Alphabet, the parent company of search engine giant Google has opened an artificial intelligence lab in Accra, the capital of West African country Ghana. Last year, Google/Alphabet first disclosed its plans to create an AI hub in Ghana, one of the few African countries with uninterrupted electricity. The Silicon Valley, California-based tech outfit says that it plans to utilize the center in solving some of Africa's problems with AI. Via a press statement last week, the company said that it is excited to "combine our research interests in AI and machine learning and our experience in Africa to push the boundaries of AI while solving challenges in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, and education.” Google's other AI labs are located in Japan,
Durban gets its own (free) TV service

Durban gets its own (free) TV service

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The residents of Durban, especially those that live in the eThekwini Municipality could in a short time get a free TV service come to them courtesy of the government and its parastatals. This TV service would see the residents of this municipality get all the decisions that has been made by the council on their behalf, and all these from the comfort of their homes. Just on Wednesday (yesterday), the city approved a proposal that was submitted to the effect of broadcasting live the events of eThekwini municipality. The spokesman for the municipality in person of Tozi Mthethwa has said that the introduction would be cost free to citizens as the broadcasts would rely on existing infrastructure to function. This innovation was also lauded as a wonderful idea which would keep the citizens ab...
Samsung outdoes Apple in Global Smartphone market for Q3

Samsung outdoes Apple in Global Smartphone market for Q3

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A research facility known as the Strategy Analytics has laid claim to a fact that Samsung devices outdid the products released by Apple into the smartphone market for the thierd quarter of the year, a domination which saw the ratio of sales of Samsung Products to Apple devices 2 to 1. Boiling these down to ordinary numbers, it is seen that Samsung racked up a total smartphone sales of 83.4 million units within the July to September (third quarter of the year) period while Apple just managed to stay above half of that, selling just 48.4 million units of its smartphones. As of this time likewise, the totality of the global market on which Samsung's influence had been exerted stood at a majestic 23.7% while Apple had to contend with its 13.6% share of the total booty. Strategy Analytics w...
New AppleTV to include Siri support for smoother usage

New AppleTV to include Siri support for smoother usage

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Apple Inc. is really looking to broaden its scope and widen its horizon also and this can be seen in the diverse range of products that is being manufactured by this multinational giant. From the iPhones to the Mac OS personal computer systems, to the Apple Watches and now, the Apple TV is rearing its head into the market. Apple has added some improved features for its TV to help it gain much more appeal among customers and to work towards earning it the surname "smart". Apple is planning to integrate the functions of Siri to include working on the Apple Music application and platform. Siri is an artificial intelligence programme developed by Apple which relates to individuals and phone users like another person and can actually hold a conversation. Siri is also capable of obeying your...
Samsung launches promotion package to push Samsung Pay

Samsung launches promotion package to push Samsung Pay

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If you are an owner of any of the latest flagship devices from Samsung, you just might be in for a treat. Owners of Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 stand a chance to obtain a wireless charger for free as fast as they sign up to use the Samsung Pay service. This offer is apparently a bid by Samsung to make sure that its online payment service recieves widespread and higher reach among its customers whilst working towards making it the number one payment option for them. Samsung has opened this freebie promotion package right now and it is stipulated to run till the 8th of November. As you might feel that the closing date is still far to approach, keep in mind that Samsung has placed the offer for the first 200.000 participants and giv...
LPG Rollback on Basic Goods

LPG Rollback on Basic Goods

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The party-list group Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers’ Association (LPGMA) stated that the low cost of cooking fuel should lead to lower prices of other basic commodities such as pan de sal (bread) and other bread products. LPGMA party-list Representative Arnel Ty announced that local cooking gas prices have been starting to reflect the fair cost of LPG in the international market due to highly aggressive free market competition. The emergence of more LPG importers and suppliers led bigger companies to continuously adjust prices to keep up with their smaller rivals. He added that the ones who will benefit the most are the consumers since they will be able to enjoy fair and reasonable prices as a result of tough competition. A total of P37.40 is reduced in the price of 11-kilogram tank
Gameloft launches office in Nigeria

Gameloft launches office in Nigeria

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Gameloft has opened a newly built office in Nigeria which allows Africa's potential to increase its revenue at about 536 percent over the previous years. According to Vincent Brezillon, Sales Director of Gameloft Nigeria, the success that they had experience since the opening of their office in Nigeria and the heightening sales in Africa, justified the opening of a subsidiary in Nigeria, which is the strongest economy of Africa. He also added that it would facilitate interactions with their current and future partners. Gameloft had also joined forces with several mobile operators in the continent like Orange, MTN, Safaricom, Vodafone, Etisalat, and Ooredoo. They were also planning to reach Paris and make partnership in the future. Some popular games of Gameloft includes Asphalt 8: Airborne...
US: Joint Patrols with Philippines in the South China Sea Possible

US: Joint Patrols with Philippines in the South China Sea Possible

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The Philippines and US joint patrols are possible in the South China Sea, said US ambassador Philip Goldberg in a media forum. Protests have been made when commercial Chinese aircraft landed on one of China’s artificial islands built in the Spratlys. They also performed provocative actions by challenging Philippine military flights in the area. Goldberg announced that they were not dumping the possibility of joint patrols in South China Sea. Since October, two US warships have sailed by China-claimed islands in the Spratly and Paracel Island. He assured that US would strictly submit to international law, continue to enjoy rights to fly to international air space, and sail through international waters. Albert del Rosario, Philippine Foreign Secretary, stated that officials are deliberat
Suspected Meteorite Kills College Bus Driver in India

Suspected Meteorite Kills College Bus Driver in India

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A meteorite killed a bus driver and injured three others, according to the Indian authorities. The incident happened on Saturday, February 6 in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The “meteorite” hit a private engineering college, taking the life of a college bus driver. According to the Times of India, the object weighed only 11 grams, almost as light as a Triple A battery. It created a five-foot deep crater in the ground and shattered window panes in the building nearby. Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, described the bluish rock as a “meteorite”, although experts say that is yet to be proven. Assistant professor at the Indian Astrophysics Institute in Bangalore, P. Rajaguru, stated that the rock could indeed be a meteorite but more tests are needed for confirmation. He
UN: South Sudan Starves to Death as Wars Continue

UN: South Sudan Starves to Death as Wars Continue

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According to UN reports, South Sudan is getting worse this past few days. Killings and crimes have been increasing and nearly 25 percent of the country’s population is in dire need of food assistance. Families have been doing their best to survive and at least 40,000 people are starving to death as they are running out of options. Relief operations and assistance have not been done and delivered yet because affected areas are in security situation. Unrestricted access is vital to provide assistance all affected civilians. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) considers famine as a technical measure classifying hunger on a scale of one to five. When stretched to 20 percent of the population, level five is classified as “catastrophe”. The UN states that the situation wo
Disney’s “Frozen 2” Revealed

Disney’s “Frozen 2” Revealed

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Good news is about to excite fans of the much-loved Frozen. Disney Animation Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, announced during the Disney’s Shareholders Meeting that development of “Frozen 2” is on the process. Disney Times confirmed that Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will be on the sequel again. Your Modern Family revealed that the release date for Frozen 2 will be on 2017 or 2018. Prince Hans will also be back but will have a change of character. “Second chances” will be the theme of the movie which may include Elsa and Anna forgiving Prince Hans, who may become Elsa’s love interest. The sequel will focus on Elsa and will show her fun side. Olaf may also get his love angle. The sequel will also feature new dresses, which means new merchandises. Brand new song for Frozen 2, which w
Aquaris M10 to Launch Second Quarter This Year

Aquaris M10 to Launch Second Quarter This Year

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The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet is set to launch on the second quarter of 2016. It is a new tablet PC that will come with the latest Ubuntu software to be launched by Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution. According to Canonical, they are bringing the clients everything to expect from Ubuntu PC, now on the tablet with BQ. They boast its single, visual framework and set of tools for applications to run any Ubuntu smart device; that’s something no other OS can provide. Hardware specifications of the Aquaris M10 include: 10.1-inch touchscreen 7,280mAh Li-Po battery MediaTek quad-core MT8163A 1.5GHz processor 2GB RAM 16GB internal storage 8MP camera with autofocus and dual flash 1080p video Frontal speakers Micro HDMI port MicroSD slot (up to 64GB) Dim
Isaac Mizhari Smartwatch For Women on the Go

Isaac Mizhari Smartwatch For Women on the Go

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Fashion and technology are among the things that women are attracted to. With the innovations being made nowadays, these two can easily be merged, giving modern women a chance to hit two birds with one stone. Engineered by HP, the Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch is perfect for fashionable on-the-go women. The smartwatch is designed to offer women with style and class, infused with the classic, chunky style of a menswear analogue tank watch with a touch of femininity. Not only works as a fashion accessory, the Issac Mazrahi also has features like social media connection, message notifications and a pedometer. The analogue movement with digital display showcases a luminous color-matched dial that hides the digital display when not active and shows glowing hands. Old-style watch battery which pow...
Huawei Introduces G-Power

Huawei Introduces G-Power

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Huawei unveils its latest product, the Huawei G-Power. It is an addition to their line of android phones, and its best feature is its super long battery life. It is not the much awaited great battery breakthrough; they just inserted a bigger battery in the case. With a 4000mAh battery, they promise 24 hours of idle time, or 3 hours talk time, that is on a 10-minute charge. With a full charge, you can get 113 hours of music, 39 hours talk time, 18 hours of HD video or 15 hours of internet surfing. What’s great about the G-Power, also called Huawei Y6 Pro, it can also serve as a powerbank. You can plug other smartphones to it through a microUSB cable. Its features include a 5-inch, HD IPS screen, a 13-megapixel, 2.0 aperture rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It is expected to p
Zika Virus: The Newest Threat to our Health

Zika Virus: The Newest Threat to our Health

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Zika virus, the new and mysterious threat to our health, is rapidly affecting people especially pregnant women and their newborn children. More than 2,000 cases of newborns with microcephaly – a condition wherein infants have abnormally smaller heads – have been reported in South America. There is no vaccine developed yet to stop the spread of the virus. Because of this, the best thing to do is prevention. Pregnant women are advised not to travel to places where Zika is present. They should also use repellents, wear permethrin-coated clothing, long sleeves and pants. Staying indoors is also advised. The authorities are doing their best to come up with methods to stop the spread of the virus through development of tests, treatments and vaccines. Innovative measures and more effective meth
Professor John Lovering Fully-funded Graduate Environmental scholarship funding for International Students in Australia

Professor John Lovering Fully-funded Graduate Environmental scholarship funding for International Students in Australia

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The University of Melbourne is Australia‘s second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. It is a public research university and founded in 1853. It also ranked sixth between the world’s top universities. Why at the University of Melbourne? In this university, the participants will get excellent study experience. It’s professional, administrative and support staff creates a world-class working environment and enable academics to continue achieving internationally prominent excellence in research and teaching. Application Deadline: July 31, 2019 Eligibility Participants are strongly recommended to follow the eligibility criteria- Eligible Countries: International and domestic citizens are available for this funded education. Acceptable Course or Subjects: You are e

OAC Scholarships for Aerospace Studies for International Students in Canada

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Ontario Aerospace Council is a not-for-profit organization. It has colleges and universities, as well as companies that do business with the aerospace sector. Through a variety of events, it delivers program content and facilitates networking to strengthen the community. Why should apply to this program? Education is a critical requirement of every people. The program gives a chance to those aspirants who want to build up a career in Aerospace but need some financial support. While studying Aerospace you can specialize in designing different types of aerospace products. Application Deadline: May 3, 2019 Eligibility Eligible Countries: Citizens of all nationalities Acceptable Course or Subjects: Undergraduate course in Admissible Criteria: To be eligible for this award

SCU Coffs Harbour City Council scholarship in Engineering

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Southern Cross University is organized into six schools and two colleges along leading research centers. It offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate academic programs, executive offices, and teaching facilities. It is recognized as a progressive, young and connected regional research university. Why at Southern Cross University? The University helps students to ensure they continue to excel throughout their career. It provides professional learning opportunities for students. It takes a candidate’s research studies or career to the next level. Application Deadline: June 10, 2019 Eligibility Eligible Countries: Australian citizen Acceptable Course or Subjects: Bachelor’s degree course in the field of Engineering Admissible Criteria: To be eligible for this bursary, ap

Fully-funded postgraduate scholarship award in Respiratory Medicine at University of Technology Sydney, Australia

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The University of Technology Sydney is regarded as one of the world’s leading young universities. It has a culturally diverse campus life and research programs. It is ranked 10th in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings. It maintains strong relationships with the professions through partnerships. Why at the University of Technology Sydney? The university prepares candidates for their future career through the key of employability skills, as well as knowledge and confidence. Here students can get the opportunity to suffer a psychometric assessment that employers can use as part of their selection process. Application Deadline: June 30, 2019 Eligibility The grant is available for a new Ph.D. student who wants to join the respiratory research program to investigate th